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Bryan Life 

Volume 34, Ni 

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Stephen D. Livesay 



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a letter from the 


"I am going to prepare a place for you" 
-John 14:2. 

Our greatest hope and com- 
fort as believers in Jesus 
Christ is that one day He 
will return to earth to catch His 
bride away to live with Him forev- 
er in a home that He has prepared 
for us. Of course, nothing can even 
begin to compare with going to our 
heavenly home, but for the 500 
alumni and family members who 
attended Bryan's 2007 Homecoming 
weekend, they experienced the joys 
of renewing friendships and seeing 
what has changed at the place they 
once called "home." As you read 
the Homecoming highlights in this 
edition of Bryan Life, I hope you will enjoy 
recalling special memories from your days at Bryan. 
Other campus happenings and features you will 
enjoy in this issue include: 

♦The two-week missions internship trip to 
Rwanda this fall, led by Dr. Ray Legg, Bruce 
Morgan, and Ben and Ariel Norquist, provided many 
opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to 
share the Gospel with the courageous people living in 
that war-torn country. In turn, the story of these 





people forever changed the lives of the Rwanda team. 
An ongoing relationship was established with the 
church in Rwanda, so plans are in place for future 
Bryan students to return to Rwanda to carry out the 
Great Commission. 

♦The prowess of our athletic teams is evidenced 
by our cross country team capturing the crown of one 
of the NAIA's 14 regions and making a strong show- 
ing in the national championship race in Kenosha, 
Wise. Likewise the women's volleyball team and our 
soccer programs have been ranked near the top of the 
conference all season and vied for the Appalachian 
Conference championship. 

♦Perhaps no single domestic issue has gripped the 
minds and imaginations of Americans more than glob- 
al warming and its effects on our earthly home called 
planet Earth. My article seeks to examine this contro- 
versy from a biblical and scientific perspective. 

We have seen our Bryan "home" change and 
grow as God has blessed us with another record 
enrollment. Because we cannot seat all of our faculty, 
staff, and students at one time in Rudd Auditorium, 
we are excited about expanding the seating capacity 
from 840 to 1,150 seats. We need to take action this 
summer, and I invite you to help us remodel your 
home so that^ll t]?e Bry^ft famiU^can worship togeth- 

Stephen D. Livesay, Ph.D 

Bryan Life 1 

Homecoming 2007 
brings out the Pride 


undreds of alumni exhibited tons 
of Lion Pride as Bryan College 
celebrated Homecoming 2007 Oct 

5 -7 

In addition to recognizing an Alumna of the Year and 
naming an honorary alumnus, the college paid tribute to the 
1975, 1976, and 1977 NCCAA national champion soccer 
teams at a luncheon on Saturday and between the men's and 
women's soccer matches that afternoon. Luke Germann, cap- 
tain of the 1977 squad, was inducted into the Bryan Athletics 
Hall of Fame at the awards dinner that night. 

"Having the national champion soccer teams back was a 
special addition to our Lion Pride homecoming," Alumni 
Coordinator Warren Cole said. "Homecoming is a special time 
for the Bryan family, but being able to honor an alumna for 
such a significant accomplishment made the weekend all the 
more memorable." 

Another athletic event was the annual alumni golf tourna- 
ment, with 10 teams playing. Winning teams received gift cer- 
tificates to Outback Steakhouse. 

Food was an important part of homecoming, with the 
Good Ole Days, 25th Anniversary Reunion, and reunion din- 
ners for the five-year classes on Friday night; departmental 
reunion lunches and the awards dinner on Saturday; and the 
second annual bonfire and s'mores after the awards dinner. 
The departmental lunches were a new feature this year, and 

Mr. Cole said the event was "a big hit." 

Jackie Perseghetti, a member of the Class of 
1982, was honored as Alumna of the Year, 
saluting her achievements as a wife, mother, 
author, speaker, and supporter of the college. 
Dr. Raymond Legg, chairman of the English 
Department, was named an honorary alumnus of 
the college. 

During the soccer game with Tennessee 
Temple — the Lions won 10-1 — Jessi Hundley, a 
senior from Knoxville, Tenn., was crowned 
Homecoming Queen and Paul Gutacker, a sen- 
ior from New Egypt, N.J., was crowned King. 

Homecoming concluded with an alumni 
worship service led by the Rev. Howard 

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Summers Gymnasium gets upgrade 

An athletics facilities improve- 
m ent effort that has spanned 
more than a year came to a 
close this winter as work on an 
addition to Summers Gymnasium fin- 
ished as the semester ended. 

Vice President of Operations Tim Hostetler said 
the 5,742-square-foot office and locker room complex 
was the final step in an upgrade project that included 
construction of a practice gymnasium at the mainte- 
nance building, construction of an athletic training 
room on the west side of Summers, and renovation to 
the traditional front of the gym. 

Before the new semester begins, the coaching staff 
is to move into the second floor of the newest addition 
to Summers. Each head coach and the new sports 
information director will have a private office, and 
assistant coaches will share office space. There is a con- 
ference/signing room and a work area on the upper 

The first floor, on the same level as the Summers 
game floor, houses the Bryan men's and women's team 
locker rooms. Locker rooms will feature 25 two-feet- 
wide wooden lockers with storage space above the 

lockers, and will have LCD projectors and white 

On the Summers upper level, locker rooms have been 
renovated for use by visiting teams and Bryan's intra- 
mural teams. There is a new concession stand and laun- 
dry and uniform storage areas. 

Perhaps the most striking addition to the upper 
level is a new facade which complements architectural 
elements of other campus buildings, and is matched on 
the front of the new addition. Visible from the upper 
level are the exercise and weight rooms that now occu- 
py space that once housed offices and the training 

Dillard Construction of Dayton was contractor on 
the $1.15 million project. 

"In the past year we have significantly improved 
the athletics facilities at the college for our intercolle- 
giate teams and provided benefits for our intramural 
program and for students who want to exercise on their 
own," Mr. Hostetler said. "These new facilities will 
help provide a quality overall program as we work 
toward eventual construction of the new athletics cen- 

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Lessons from Rwanda 

What one team learned about sorrow, hope, 
and the grace of God in the wake of genocide 

Thirteen years after 
a genocidal ram- 
page devastated 
Rwanda, a Bryan College 
team saw evidence of 
healing, growth, and 
hope as they visited the 
African nation in 

Seventeen students, two alumni, 
and four faculty/staff leaders spent fall 
break on an internship trip for the stu- 
dents' Missions: Foundations and 
Applications course, using skills they 
are learning in their majors in a mis- 
sions setting. 

"The core concept for the class is 
that missions can be whatever you're 
good at," Ben Norquist, '04, assistant 
director of spiritual formation, 
explained. "The goal is to help build 
the kingdom of God overseas by using 
emerging skills. The key outcome is 
students who live a kingdom lifestyle." 

To that end, students majoring in 
Bible, communication studies, psy- 
chology, Christian ministry, mathe- 
matics, pre-med, and politics and gov- 
ernment made the trip. 

The country they visited, 
Rwanda, is still recovering from a 
period of 100 days in 1994 when some 
one million persons were murdered in 
a government-sanctioned slaughter. As 
many as 10,000 persons died each day, 
and relatives of victims were the focus 
of the ministry outreach. 

Team members came face to face 
with the genocide when they visited a 
memorial at Kigali where some 
250,000 persons are buried. Ariel 
Norquist, Mr. Norquist's wife, who 
accompanied the team, said the muse- 
um-style memorial offers information 
about the years leading up to the 
genocide, pictures of the victims, and 
even depictions of the slaughter. 

"Several students had to leave, 
they were so affected," Mr. Norquist 

"One room had pictures of chil- 
dren and notes about their age, maybe 
their favorite toy, and how they were 
killed," said Jessie Farrell, a senior ele- 
mentary education major. 

While the memorial was emotion- 
ally challenging, contacts with sur- 
vivors or orphans from the genocide 

deeply touched team members. 

Sarah Coffman, a senior psycholo- 
gy major, said working with volunteer 
counselors allowed her to hear stories 
from women whose husbands were 
murdered and who were deliberately 
infected with HIV during the terror. 
The counselors "are suffering like 
their clients," she said. "They struggle 
with images that replay daily. They 
meet every year and bring up issues 
they face, consult with one another, 
and ask advice from the counselors" at 
a counseling center in Kigali. "I was 
able to share some things I had learned 
at Bryan about trauma and grief, and 
told them that God is a healing God." 

Another psychology major, Joel 
Trigger, a senior, found the language 
barrier hindered his communication 
with Rwandans, but communication 
was possible. The second day of his 
internship a man who bore a machete 
scar across his head began speaking 
with the counselor, who translated for 

"The counselor was encouraging 
him with Scripture. He began to cry, 
and I began to cry with him. I asked 

4 Christ above all 

the counselor to tell him that even 
though I was from far away and didn't 
know him, I was crying because I hurt 
for him, because Christ loved him. He 
said it was a miracle to see such love 
from a person. That just blew me away. 
I knew God brought me there to show 
His love to them." 

Joel also was able to see a "gacaca" 
court, the traditional community justice 
system, in action. Because there are still 
so many involved in the killing who 
have not been adjudicated, Joel said 
traditional courts are used to try some 
killers. "The counselor I was working 
with was called to the gacaca court to 
face the man who had killed her hus- 
band and five children. She asked me to 
go with her." 

He said the woman had visited the 
man in prison where he was being held 
and offered forgiveness, an offer he 
rejected. As a result, he was to face 
trial. "In court, the witnesses often face 
the family of the accused who are try- 
ing to stare them down. But the wit- 
nesses have no family to support them. 
To me, being there with her that day 
sounds like the Gospel in real life. God 
is called a husband to the widow and 
father to the orphan. That is what we 
were doing (for the counselor), stand- 
ing in the place of God as He support- 
ed them. He brought me there on that 
day to represent Him." 

Jessie Farrell spent the first week 
working in a school in Kigali, primarily 
giving children kindergarten-age and 
younger extra help with their lessons. 
The second week she worked with 
teens and young adults who had been 
orphaned in the genocide. "The prob- 



lems youth in America face are noth- 
ing compared to what those in 
Rwanda have faced: genocide, lost 
families, AIDS. 

"I thought I was going to 
Rwanda to change lives, but they 
changed mine. We met orphans who 
literally had gone through hell, yet 
were able to have a smile on their 

faces and know about forgiveness 
from the deepest part of them." 

Jeremy Moore, a senior 
Communications Studies major from 
Prattville, Ala., said focusing on small 
things helped him benefit from the 
trip. "The first week I really didn't 
think we were doing much," he said. 
"I worked at a radio station acting as 

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a marketing director, writing pro- 
posals, meeting with bankers, 
embassies, all business stuff. It was 
hard to see where Christian work 
was being done. We were looking 
for big things to happen. 

"At the end of the first week 
we refocused to notice the small 
things. The next week was amazing. 
We noticed how the families we 
were staying with were encouraged 
by our coming. My 'papa' told me 
we as Americans hadn't been 
through what they had, but it meant 
so much to him for us to come that 
the whole rest of his life would be 
different. He told us, 'You may not 
feel like you've done much, but you 
have. You've impacted my family.'" 

Dr. Legg acknowledged the dif- 
ficulty in assessing the true impact 
of the team's visit. "We touched 
lives of people in ways we may not 
fully appreciate until the roll is 

called up yonder. We fully antici- 
pated we would not change Rwanda 
but that we would be changed." 

But projects such as the Bryan 
trip do help rebuild the nation. 
"People in leadership positions, 
even those who are not Christians, 
see the church as vital to rebuilding 
Rwanda. Somebody has to care for 
those people. They don't need 
money, they need bodies, they need 
people to come along side and 
help," he said. 

Mr. Norquist said he saw two 
main benefits from the trip. "Most 
important, students came away spir- 
itually formed and impacted in mar- 
velous ways. And now we have a 
long-term relationship by which we 
will be able to send student interns 
in the future." 

Mrs. Norquist suggested the 
students may not have realized the 
impact they made. "Students left 

understanding they had learned 
much more than they had con- 
tributed," she said. "But I was 
amazed at how much they had con- 
tributed, how they helped where 
they worked. People were eager to 
learn from them." 

If nothing else, the students 
returned much more grateful for the 
blessings they take for granted. "It 
truly made me so much more appre- 
ciative of the life that God has 
given me," Sarah Coffman said. "I 
feel like so much is taken for grant- 
ed here." 

"I will never understand the 
justification for my being born in 
America, and those children being 
born in mud huts," Jeremy Moore 
said. "It puts a whole new meaning 
on life." 

"To sum it all up," Joel Trigger 
added, "we were put in a situation 
where we saw unbelievable ugliness 

6 Christ above all 

Bryan athletics honored 

The following Bryan College teams, athletes, and coaches 
were recognized this fall for outstanding performances: 

Men's Soccer 
Scott Davidson, Nate McCown: 

1st team All Conference, 

NAIA All Region XII Team 

Manoel Silva, Daniel O'Kane: 

2nd team All Conference 

Jota DaSilva, Kyle Wagley: 

3rd team All Conference 

Women's Soccer 
Christy Noel: 

2nd team All Conference, 

NCCAA 1st team All Region 

Jana Watson: 

3rd team All Conference, 

NCCAA 1st team All Region 

Kara Nissley: 
NCCAA 1st team All Region 

Joy Hartman, Allison Cunningham, 

Jana Watson, Christy Noel, Sara 

Ward, Lizy Peters: 

Academic All Americans 


AAC tournament runners-up, NAIA 
Region XII runners-up, Berth in NCCAA 
national championship tournament 

Robin Renfroe 

NCCAA 1st Team All American 

Amber Smith 

NCCAA National Championship 

All Tournament Team 

Gabrielle Claxton, Robin Renfroe: 

1st team All Region 

Kathryn Rawley: 

2nd team All Region 

Gabrielle Claxton, Kathryn Rawley: 

Region XII All Tournament team 

Gabrielle Claxton, Kathryn Rawley, 

Robin Renfroe: 

1st team All Conference 

Alison Young: 

All Freshman team 

Kaylin Carswell, Stepheny Petitte, 

Kathryn Rawley: 

All Academic team 

Men's Cross Country 

NAIA Region XII Champions 
Appalachian Athletic Conference Champions 
Berth in NAIA national championships 

Josh Bradley, Zach Buffington, 

Daniel Goetz, Bryson Harper, 

Zach Mobley: 

1st team All Conference 

Matt Albin, Hunter Hall, Bryson 
Harper, Zach Mobley: 

AAC All Freshman team 

Coach Rodney Stoker: 

AAC Coach of the Year 

Bryan Life "7 

The Scourge of 
Human Trafficking 

Human t r a f f i eking is nothing new 
to the world. Consider the words 
of Tod Lindberg, whose work, The 
Political Teachings of Jesus, is an extraordinary exposition on 
the Sermon on the Mount as well as the rest of Christ's 

"Into a world of imperial occupation, deprivation, cru- 
elty, slavery, injustice, heredity privilege, persecution, trib- 
al conflict, collective punishment, piracy, the arrogance of 
the strong, the hopelessness of the weak, and the banish- 
ment of the sick, Jesus introduced the idea of universal 
freedom and the equality produced when people recognize 
the freedom of others by treating others the way they 
themselves would like to be treated." 

A case can be made that Lindberg's description of the 
world into which Jesus was born and raised; served and led; 
died; and from which He was resurrected is no different in 
so many respects than our world today. So, let's go "back 
to the future," to Genesis, where we learn of Joseph's trials 
and tribulations at the hands of his brothers and the 
Ishmaelite slave traders. Joseph was trafficked before being 
raised up by the Lord and put at the right hand of Pharaoh 
to lead not just Egypt but Israel through one of the most 
terrible periods in human history. 

In this 21st century world, where human trafficking is 
more profitable and significantly safer for the traders than 
drugs, many drug lords and barons are getting out of the 
drug trade to move into the human trade. There are many 
brave and dedicated people who fight this scourge world- 

wide. One of the most effective and dedicated leaders is 
Ms. Christine Dolan of Boston, Mass. Ms. Dolan credits 
President George W. Bush with doing more than any 
President to combat this scourge. Within the State 
Department, the under secretary for democracy and global 
affairs oversees the Office to Monitor and Combat 
Trafficking in Persons. The sole purpose of this division is 
to track and combat the human trafficking scourge. 

Crimes against children, especially the sex crimes, are 
the worst imaginable. Remember the words of Jesus: 

"If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe 
in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large 
millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the 
depths of the sea (Matthew 18:6, NIV)." 

Ann Grisham, a young scholar and a person familiar 
with the issue of human trafficking through her dedicated 
research ("Child Slavery, Education, and Hope," by Ann 
Grisham) this past summer, reports: 

Christine Dolan said, "People who prey know how to 

do it well." I don't think human slavery, and indeed 

child slavery included in that heading, could have been 

summarized more succinctly. As the third-largest and 

fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, human 

trafficking and slavery includes an estimated 2 million 

people being trafficked every year and 27 million 

enslaved people each year; we can only attribute 

its success to evil that is more complex than we may 


According to the latest report of the International 

O Christ above all 





by Dr. Ron Petitte, 

Professor of Politics and Government 

Director, William Jennings Bryan Center for International Leadership 

Labor Organization (ILO) in 2004, 246 million children 
between the ages of 5 and 17 engage in child labor. The 
majority of the world's 211 million working children 
between the ages of 5 and 14 are found in Asia (127.3 
million or 60 percent), in Africa (48 million or 23 per- 
cent), in Latin America and the Caribbean (17.4 million 
or 8 percent), and in the Middle East and North Africa 
(13.4 million or 6 percent, ILO). 

The college/university campus organization Students 
Stopping the Trafficking of Persons (SSTOP) now estimates 
that there are 30 million people in slavery today. The num- 
ber is rising by the millions. 

Human trafficking is not only big business; it is a 
multi-national enterprise of incalculable proportions. 
According to a study ("Economics of Human Trafficking") 
by another of my students, Miss Corrie Nash, U.S. compa- 
nies outsource their work to countries such as Jordan. 
Please, consider the details she provides: 

In 2006, the National Labor Committee (NLC) 
published a report detailing abuses of workers in this 
free trade zone. The report describes activities of around 
thirty factories in Jordan, which were producing goods 
for U.S. companies [including major national chains]. 
What the NLC claims happens in the factories is 
appalling. For example, in [one factory] in Irbid, Jordan, 
workers might go two or three days without sleep. They 
were beaten and tortured, paid as little as two cents per 
hour, and lived in small rooms with few amenities. 

of them are from nearby countries such as Bangladesh 
and were deceived into contracts, paying thousands of 
dollars to come to Jordan with the promise of a secure 
job and money to send back to their families. In turn, 
they were cheated out of their wages and stripped of 
their passports, unable to leave Jordan. Factory workers 
[at this factory] sewed clothing for [major national 
chains] (NLC). At another factory in Irbid [serving major 
national chains], managers sexually abused female and 
child workers. They too were owed up to six months 
pay. These are only a few examples cited in the NLC's 
report. However, as with any single report, we cannot 
accept it all as blanket truth. Nor can we dismiss the 
information, potentially harming tens of thousands of 
people. Estimates place the total number of workers in 
these factories around 50,000, with more than half being 
non-Jordanians (NLC). 

The Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report issued by the 
U.S. Department of State addresses some of these same 
concerns regarding the abuse of foreign guest workers in 
Jordanian factories. 

Christen Noel is still another of my students who spent 
the summer of 2007 engaged in a study of human traffick- 
ing. Please listen to what Christen has to say ("Human 
Trafficking" by Christy Noel): 

Movies, books, the Internet, and even television are 
avenues in which Americans are being introduced to 
human trafficking. Americans, being caught up in the 
entertainment of it all, are not focused on the truth that 

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lies behind their entertainment. Human trafficking crept 
into the world during Bible times and has become a 
normal part of culture. Americans should realize human 
trafficking is rocking the world as it takes lives 
physically, emotionally, and mentally from innocent 
individuals. Victims of human trafficking cannot speak 
up for themselves. Therefore, it is up to those with a 
voice, such as Americans, to speak out for them. 
Americans need to seek the Lord in prayer as they begin 
to fight against this evil and be ready to meekly but 
boldly stand up for the victims of human trafficking. 
The number one issue for Americans engaged in the 
political process is the War in Iraq. All other issues, 
national and international, are subservient to this war. 
Republicans and Democrats are fighting constantly over 
how best to solve the war and safeguard our soldiers. Once 
a plan is agreed to by both major parties and the U.S. mili- 
tary has a clear cut mission to accomplish, our politicians 
and government can do no better than turn their full atten- 
tion to the world-wide holocaust that is human trafficking. 
American clergy need to take the lead, with Congress, 
to combat this evil. It is not, as one pastor recently 
expressed himself, enough to say that "Congress is aware of 
the problem; they're smart, they know what's happening." 
This was the situation in World War II. Fortunately, a core 
of moral leaders had the courage of their convictions to 
take action based on their knowledge and to fight to liber- 
ate not only the Jews from Hitler's abyss, but to save 
Europe in the process. And, unless America commits to act 
on its knowledge of human trafficking, World War II will 
be seen as America's finest hour and the generation that 
fought that war, "the brightest and best of the sons [and 
daughters] of the morning;" for darkness will have fallen 
over a 21st century land where knowledge was more prized 
than action. 

No less a Christian soldier than Augustine "pleadfed] 
with... urgency for forceful civil action to suppress a sud- 
den burgeoning of the international slave trade fed by 
indiscriminate kidnapping." 

Centuries later it was left to William Wilberforce to 
lead the crusade against slavery in Great Britain and 
Abraham Lincoln to emancipate those in slavery in 
America, the beginning of the end of the crudest and 
darkest chapter in American history. The fact that slavery 
still exists and is a world-wide epidemic is reason to begin 
the fight anew, with 21st century Augustines, Wilberforces, 

lO Christ above all 

Human Trafficking 

How Bryan is making a difference 

Between 27 and 30 million per- 
sons are victims of human traf- 
ficking, a little-recognized evil 
that may hit closer to home than most 
persons realize. 

Paul Gutacker, a senior from New Egypt, N.J., is 
working with a committee of students, faculty, and staff 
to organize a conference on human trafficking at Bryan 
Jan. 25-26, 2008. 

"We want to expose people at Bryan, in Dayton, and 
in colleges in the area to the breadth and depth of the 
problem, and to examine what we as Christians can do." 

He explained that, following a presentation in the 
spring of 2007 by Christine Dolan, a journalist who has 
researched the matter extensively, students, under the 
leadership of Dr. Ron Petitte, decided to sponsor a con- 
ference on the topic. 

A number of students spent this past summer 
researching the matter, and will present their findings at 
the conference, which is being presented by Dr. Petitte's 
Center for International Leadership, the new campus 
organization Students Stopping the Trafficking of Persons 
(SSTOP) and the Bryan Center for International 
Development under the leadership of Mr. Dennis Miller. 

Students have invited representatives from Bard 
College and Georgetown University, where other SSTOP 
chapters have been organized, to attend the conference. 

The conference schedule still is being refined, but 

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Bryan Life 11 

Global Warming: Does God have a 

by Dr. Stephen D. Livesay, Bryan College President 

Many uncertainties 
in today's world, 
such as a volatile 
stock market, rancorous 
politics, terrorist 
threats, and questions 
about climate change and 
global warming, plant 
seeds of worry in our 
hearts and minds. I'm so 
glad that we as Christians 
do not need to be anx- 
ious regarding tomorrow, 
as Paul reminds us in 
Philippians 4:6-7: 
"Don't worry about any- 
thing; instead, pray about 
everything... His peace 
will guard your hearts 
and minds as you live in 
Christ Jesus." 

Worry Number One: 
Global Warming 

Many media outlets promote a 
one-sided perspective on climate 
change and global warming, planting 
seeds of worry that our planet is heat- 
ing up. They say that increasing levels 
of carbon dioxide (CO2) is the pri- 
mary cause of global warming, yet 
seem to ignore the benefits of CO2 
for plant growth. 

Alarmists focus on anthropogenic caus- 
es of global warming. They claim that 
human actions, especially the burning 
of fossil fuels that produce CO2, are 
heating up the planet. All scientists, 
however, have not joined that consen- 
sus. Some believe that the earth has 
gone through historic cycles of cooling 
and heating, most of which stem from 
solar winds and other natural activity. 
Indeed, NASA has just released data 

indicating that the decade of the 1930s 
was the warmest decade in the past 
100 years.* 

Worry Number Two: 
Massive Flooding 

The popular media plant seeds of 
worry that global warming will melt 
the ice caps on the poles and produce 
massive flooding for many of our 
cities. Yet, God has told us that He 
has put boundaries on the waters: 

You clothed the earth with floods of 
water, water that covered even the 
mountains. At your command, the 
water fled; at the sound of your thun- 
der, it hurried away. Mountains rose 
and valleys sank to the levels you 
decreed. Then you set a firm bound- 
ary for the seas, so they would never 
again cover the earth." Psalm 104:6-9 

12 Christ above all 




Worry Number Three: 
More Fallout 

Green movement disciples plant 
more seeds of worry by blaming global 
warming for just about all the ills of 
the world, from increased hurricane 
activity to the spread of diseases such 
as malaria. They fail to mention how 
many of these ills can be cured given 
current financial resources, and they 
fail to mention the positive effects of a 
warmer global environment. To claim 
that the answer for these real and 
imagined ills is to reduce carbon emis- 
sions is neither scientifically proven 
nor is it economically viable. For 
example, fossil fuel, the alleged pri- 
mary culprit for global warming, is the 
most affordable method of energy pro- 
duction and available to the greatest 
number of people worldwide. Without 
this affordable form of energy, it is 
extremely difficult to raise the standard 
of living in third world countries; and 
without means and resources, the chal- 
lenge of eradicating disease and com- 
bating poverty is greatly increased. 

Grouped together under the Green 
movement's huge umbrella are such 
initiatives as reducing CO2 emissions, 
controlling water and air pollution, 
promoting conservation efforts, and 
using natural resources more efficient- 
ly. Certainly we should do everything 
possible to provide and maintain clean 
water and air and to conserve and use 
wisely all of the earth's resources. To 
claim, however, that CO2 emissions 
are the primary cause of global warm- 
ing and that the effect of global warm- 
ing is harmful if not devastating to the 
future of planet earth is not supported 
by good science and rejects our 
Creator's activity in sustaining His 
creation. Being a good steward of 
God's creation in no way requires that 
Christians bow to the false science and 
new theology dictated by anthro- 
pogenic global warming disciples. 

At the Heart of the Matter 

Fundamentally, the greenhouse 
disciples' theology dispenses with an 
all-knowing and all-powerful Creator 

and Sustainer God and substitutes a 
naturalistic worldview that teaches that 
humans are in control of their own 
destinies. In addition, the popular 
press confuses the issue when it 
equates environmental stewardship and 
anthropogenic global warming. 

For example, colleges are solicited 
with appeals to support initiatives such 
as the "A Call for Climate Leadership" 
proposal advocated by a consortium of 
Green entities including Second 
Nature, ecoAmerica, and the 
Association for the Advancement of 
Sustainability in Higher Education. 
This proposal claims that "reversing 
global warming is the defining chal- 
lenge of the 21st century," and states 
that higher education must educate 
students to face this "crisis that threat- 
ens its [society's] very viability." They 
say that the culprit for global warming 
is fossil-fuel dependency, and the 
answer is a collectivist approach of 
greater taxation, regulation, re-educa- 
tion (including mandatory classes in 
college curricula), widespread reduc- 

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tion of energy usage, and contraction 
of trade. 

A Balanced Response 

Scripture clearly requires us to be 
good environmental stewards. Many 
well-intentioned Christians, however, 
have rushed to embrace the popular 
deception that environmental steward- 
ship mandates taking immediate and 
drastic steps to curb greenhouse emis- 
sions in order to protect our planet. 
In the process, they have also 
embraced a theology that denies God's 
promises and plans for His creation 
and have accepted questionable scien- 
tific claims that CO2 emissions are the 
primary culprit of global warming. 

God's truth teaches that human 
beings are created in His image, given 
a privileged place among creatures, 
and commanded to exercise steward- 
ship over the earth. We are to work 
the earth and take care of it (Genesis 
2:15). We are to be fruitful, exercise 
dominion, and bring forth good things 
from the earth (Genesis 1:26-30). God 
has prepared an environment for us to 
use in such a way that we will pros- 

per, be fulfilled, and ultimately 
accomplish His purposes. 

God's ultimate purpose for His 
created beings is that we are to live 
out the greatest commandments — to 
love Him and love our neighbor as 
ourselves (Matthew 22:35-39). We 
must make every effort to make Him 
known throughout the world and to 
provide for every individual the 
opportunity that we have to enjoy His 
creation in a manner that brings glory 
to Him. 

A balanced response is one based 
on God's truth and good science — one 
that seeks out political and economic 
policies and practices that maximize 
the use of natural resources for the 
greatest benefit of all mankind. Green 
responses that ignore God and ignore 
other scientific data that contradict 
their belief system result in policies 
and practices that diminish our politi- 
cal and economic freedoms. We must 
protect these freedoms that allow us to 
maximize our God-given abilities to 
shape creative solutions that provide 
for the needs of mankind both now 
and in the future. 

Global warming and climate 
change have not taken God by sur- 
prise; His creation is not fragile. He 
built into His creation the ability to 
adjust to changing conditions that 
come from internal and external 
sources. He will not allow this earth 
to be destroyed until He makes a new 
heaven and a new earth; that is, until 
His purposes are fulfilled (Revelation 
21:1-3). After the flood, God said that 
"As long as the earth remains, there 
will be springtime and harvest, cold 
and heat, winter and summer, day and 
night (Genesis 8:22)." Here God 
promises that these cycles will never 
cease — and His promises never fail. 
The cycles necessary for human beings 
and other life on earth to thrive will 
continue as long as the earth abides. 

* A detailed analysis of the scientific evidence 
that calls into question the anthropogenic causes 
of global warming that the popular press has 
promoted and the public has been so quick to 
embrace is beyond the scope of this article. For 
further information visit or attend the February 
22-23 Bryan College symposium on 

14 Christ above all 

The Bryan Center 
for Critical Thought and Practice 

Center for Origins Research ♦ Center for International Leadership ♦ Summit at Bryan College ♦ Passing the Baton International 

Dr. Charles Van Eaton, Director 

Symposium to explore global warming 

Former Vice President and cur- 
rent recipient of the Nobel 
Peace Prize Albert Gore argues 
that global warming is not a politi- 
cal issue but a moral issue. 
Consequently, in today's post- 
modern world of the facts- 
value dichotomy, values — 
meaning issues of morali- 
ty — are whatever any indi- 
vidual chooses them to be, 
which is to say that one 
person's morals are no 
better than another per- 
son's notion of morals. 
Indeed, if substantiated science 
is not the standard, the issue of 
global warming can mean different 
things to different people and can- 
not be subjected to scientific analysis 
because science, meaning facts, has 
been ruled out. 

Logic demands that global warming is, first and last, 
a scientific issue. Either the entire globe is warming or 
it is not. Indeed, a troublesome question is, can we 
even know if it is warming when most climatologists 
agree that it is mathematically impossible to measure a 
global temperature "average"? 

But, measurement problems aside, if 
the earth is warming, hard science has 
to determine if it is caused by human 
activity or is a product of natural 
forces over many long-term periods 
of alternating warming and cooling 
cycles. If natural, policy has to focus 
on programs based on knowledge of 
what is needed to promote human adapt- 
ability. If warming is occurring and if hard sci- 
ence is compelled to conclude that human activity is 
the cause, policy has to carefully examine which poli- 
cies have the greater probability of reducing the sources 
of human causation before mandating programs which 
might actually diminish human adaptability to climate 

CORE introduces new mineral exhibit 

The Center for 
Origins Research 
has established a 
new permanent exhibit 
of fluorescent minerals 
in the Henning Natural 
History Museum. 
Director Dr. Todd 
Wood said the display 
was prepared as the 

museum celebrated 
National Museum Day 
in October, when about 
80 persons stopped by. 
School groups visit reg- 
ularly, and individuals 
stop by nearly every 
day, he said. 

weed found in Australia. His work 
is being carried out in cooperation 
with a researcher in Australia in an 
effort to determine how threatening 
the weed is to the native ecosystem. 

CORE also has established a 
journal club, similar to those found 
in most graduate schools. Dr. Wood 

Dr. Roger Sanders is continuing said students and faculty members 
his study of lantana, an invasive meet every other week to discuss 

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Cal Thomas supports scholarship 

U. j£^Tr im - 

Cal Thomas, one of America's 
leading conservative com- 
mentators, will be the fea- 
tured speaker at a fund-raising banquet 
March 11, 2008, for the William 
Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program. 
Mr. Thomas is a 35-year veteran 
of broadcast and print journalism. He 
has worked for NBC, CNBC, PBS tel- 
evision, and the Fox News Network, 
where he currently provides weekly 
political commentary. He has appeared 

on NBC Nightly News, Nightline, The 
Today Show, Good Morning America, 
CNN's Crossfire, Larry King Live, and 
the Oprah Winfrey Show. 

In 1995, Thomas was honored with 
a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best 
Interview Program. Other awards 
include a George Foster Peabody team 
reporting award, and awards from both 
the Associated Press and United Press 

Steve Keck, director of 
Advancement, said, "We are delighted 
to have Cal Thomas as the speaker for 
this program. He is a keen observer of 
contemporary life, and has a gift for 
communicating biblical truth in a com- 
pelling manner. He understands the 
importance of a biblical worldview and 
shares the commitment that Bryan 
College has to our Lord and to His 


The William Jennings Bryan 
Opportunity Program is a new initiative 
to ensure a quality Christ-centered edu- 
cation is available to all academically 
qualified students who demonstrate sig- 
nificant financial need. The program is 
a guarantee that eligible students will 
receive scholarship or grant funds from 
federal, state, and institutional sources to 
meet or exceed the cost of tuition at 
Bryan. It is available to first- time full- 
time freshmen entering in the fall semes- 
ter and who meet family income guide- 
lines. The program is renewable for four 
years for students who maintain eligibili- 

Tickets for the dinner, which will 
be held at the Sheraton Read House 
hotel in Chattanooga, are available by 
calling 423-775-7323. Corporate spon- 

Bryan honors December graduates 

Bryan College celebrated its first 
winter graduation ceremony 
Dec. 21, as some 80 students 
received their degrees. 

Academic Vice President Dr. Cal 
White said the college administration 

decided to add the second commence- become larger and larger, making it dif- 

ment service as the growth in enroll- 
ment resulted in increasingly large May 

"With our growth in enrollment, 
we realized our May graduations would 

ficult to maintain the personal touch that 
is a Bryan hallmark," Dr. White said. 
"Also, it was becoming more and more 
of a challenge to provide seating for 
family and friends." 

lb Christ above all 

Another contributing factor was the 
nature of the Aspire degree completion 
program, which has groups of students 
completing their coursework through- 
out the year, rather than only in May 
and December as is the case with tradi- 
tional students. "For these students, as 
well as our traditional students who fin- 

ish in December, we felt giving them a 
commencement service closer to their 
actual completion of courses would be 
appropriate," Dr. White said. 

While some 200 students received 
their diplomas this past May, the first 
December graduating class had some 80 
members, he said. 

Awards were presented to the tradi- 
tional graduate and the Aspire graduate 
having the highest academic record in 
their respective programs. 

Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of 
Signal Mountain Bible Church and for- 
mer professor of Bible and Philosophy 
at Bryan, was the speaker. 

Debate teams impress the judges 

Two debate teams from Bryan 
College won top honors in 
their respective divisions, a 
third team finished in third place, and 
three of the six team members received 
individual honors in a recent parliamen- 
tary debate at Walters State Community 

Brittany McGehee, a junior from 
Rushton, La., and Eric McEachron, a 
junior from St. Charles, Mo., won the 
JV division for teams that have compet- 
ed in three or fewer tournaments. 
Brittany was selected the top individual 
speaker in the division. 

Brian Thomas, a freshman from 
Clarksville, Ark., and Tori Stewart, a 
freshman from Cleveland, Tenn., won 
the novice division, for teams compet- 
ing in their first college debate tourna- 
ment. Tori was selected top individual 


speaker in this division, and Brian was 
runner-up for that award. 

Rachel Welch, a junior from 
Covington, La., and Melissa Peters, a 
freshman from Clarksville, Tenn., fin- 
ished third in the novice division. 

Club leader Lawrence LaPlue said 
club members are working to raise 
awareness of and participation in the 
debate club. They are looking forward 
to taking part in several tournaments in 
the spring. 

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displayed in 

A starkly realistic 
depiction of 
Christ's crucifix- 
ion has been loaned to 
the college by the 
artist, Robert Meredith, 
a member of the Bryan 
Class of 1963, at the 
invitation of President 
Dr. Stephen D. Livesay. 

The Crucifixion, a 12-feet by 6- 
feet depiction of Christ's crucifix- 
ion, displayed in the library, was 
painted by Mr. Meredith, now of 
Marietta, Ga., over a period of two 
years beginning in 1979. Mr. 
Meredith explained that he had sat 
in church services and heard preach- 
ers describe the crucifixion. 
Invariably they would finish by say- 
ing, Tt didn't look like any of the 
paintings you see in museums.'" 

He said when he accepted Jesus 
Christ as his Savior on July 1, 1979, 
he found the "missing piece" that 
enabled him to begin the process 
which produced this painting. 

Mr. Meredith said the painting 
"depicts the moment when Jesus 

cried out 'My God, My God, why 
hast Thou forsaken Me?'" 

His inspiration for details in the 
painting is the Scriptural account of 
the crucifixion. Nails are depicted 
piercing Christ's hands and feet. He 
said he was assured by a medical 
authority that nails through the vic- 
tim's hands would support the 
body's weight. Christ and the 
thieves are depicted nude because, 
he explained, the Bible says the sol- 
diers took Christ's garments. Jesus is 
shown with his body bloodied by 
the beatings and scourging He suf- 
fered before being crucified. 

Jesus does not wear a crown of 
thorns in the picture because Mr. 
Meredith said he does not "believe 
He was crucified with a crown of 
thorns" and Scripture does not 
address that point specifically. 

He also added a lamb in the 
painting as a reminder that Christ 

became our Passover lamb. "The 
crucifixion took place on the Day 
of Preparation for the Passover, the 
day lambs were killed for Passover," 
he said. "The contemporary histori- 
an Josephus recorded a census of 
lambs used in the Passover in 
Jerusalem — 256,500. When Jesus 
walked into Jerusalem, I believe he 
was sharing the road with lambs to 
be sacrificed for Passover." 
Dr. Livesay invited Mr. 
Meredith to display the painting at 
the college when he and Mrs. 
Livesay visited the artist at his stu- 
dio. "I felt it important that not 
only our Bryan family, but all of 
Dayton and the surrounding com- 
munity feel the passion of Bob's 
work. His work was 25 years ahead 
of Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion 
of the Christ," in its portrayal of 
the reality of our Savior's suffering. 
Bob Meredith's work is not simply 

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Members of the Christian Studies 
Division, including Drs. Paul Boling, 
Doug Kennard, Jud Davis, Scott 
Jones, Drew Randle, Ken Turner, and 
Mr. Alan Corlew, attended the 
Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) 
and Evangelical Philosophical Society 
meetings in November. Dr. Davis pre- 
sented a paper at the ETS meeting, 
"Passover and the Meta-narrative of the 
Bible: Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23 in 
Light of the New Testament." Dr. 
Kennard presented a paper titled 
"Interpreting Jesus' Parabolic Teaching 
within a Second Temple Context." They 
both moderated sessions of Bible-Both 
Testaments. In addition, Drs. Kennard, 
Turner, and Davis attended meetings of 
the Institute for Biblical Research, 
Society of Biblical Literature, American 
Academy of Religion, Society of 
Christian Philosophers, and the Society 
for Christian Theological Review. 

Dr. Steve Bradshaw, Dr. Liz 
Moseley, and Dr. Clark Rose, with a 
number of students, attended the 
American Association of Christian 
Counselors World Conference in 
Nashville, Tenn., in September. Dr. 
Bradshaw presented a paper titled 
"Practice Makes Perfect... and Other Lies: 
An Analysis of Family Mantras and 

Mrs. Kim Keck presented two work- 
shops for the Tennessee Association of 
Christian Schools meeting in 
Murfreesboro, Tenn., "Stop Talking and 
Start Singing" and "Teaching Young 
Singers to Sing." Mrs. Keck also has 
been selected for inclusion in Who's Who 

Among Teachers in 2007 . 
Dr. Dana Kennedy has received her 
Master of Science degree in Public 
Health from Walden University in 
Minneapolis, Minn. 

Dr. Bill Ketchersid recently was named 
a Melvin Jones Fellow, one of the high- 
est honors presented to members of Lions 
Clubs International. Dr. Ketchersid, a 
member of the Dayton, Tenn., Lions 
Club for 34 years, has served as club 
president three times as well as holding 
other offices. He regularly distributes 
used eyeglasses, collected by the club, 
during medical trips to Haiti, Russia, and 
Jamaica. Dr. Ketchersid also has been 
named to Marquis' Who's Who in 
Collegiate Faculty for 2008-09, and to 
Marquis' Who's Who in America for 2008. 

Dr. Phil Lestmann, Mr. Earl Reed, 
Mr. Stefon Gray, Mr. Jason Wasser, 
and Mr. James Sullivan attended the 
Appalachian College Association summit 
in October. During the conference Dr. 
Lestmann presented a talk "Trigonometry 
without Sines and Geometry without 
Angles." Student Will Wade presented a 
report on his summer research project on 
the Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness area 
near Dayton as it was originally devel- 
oped by the Dayton Coal and Iron 

Dr. Jeff Myers has spoken at confer- 
ences and workshops in Colorado, 
Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, California, 
Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, New 
York, New Jersey, Indiana, the 
Philippines, and Indonesia this past sum- 
mer and fall. 

Dr. Jack Traylor attended the annual 
conference of the Western History 
Association in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 
October. He has published a review of 
"Indian War Veterans: Memories of 
Army Life and Campaigns in the West, 
1864-1898," compiled and edited by 
Jerome A. Green, in the Autumn 2007 
edition of Kansas History: A Journal of the 
Central Plains. Dr. Traylor, assisted by 
three students, did a presentation and 
demonstration entitled "Safety and Self- 
Defense for Women" for the Women's 
Leadership Conference in Chattanooga in 

Dr. John Wells and his wife, Marilee, 
traveled to Vila Klabim, Brazil, this sum- 
mer on a mission trip, where Dr. Wells 
gave a recital of Christian music on a 
portable keyboard and accompanied con- 
gregational singing. Mrs. Wells assisted in 
a Bible school. 

Dr. Cal White attended the Council for 
Independent Colleges Dean's meeting in 
Philadelphia in November. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit has been named to 
Who's Who Among Teachers and to Who's 
Who in American Education for 2007. In 
September, he performed with the 
Chattanooga Symphony Chorus in a ben- 
efit concert "Sing for the Cure," spon- 
sored by the Susan B. Komen Breast 
Cancer Foundation. In October, he was 
guest conductor for the East Tennessee 
Concert Band when it appeared in con- 
cert at Bryan. Dr. Wilhoit and Mr. 
Bernie Belisle accompanied a group of 19 

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has moved to the Soddy-Daisy, 
Tenn., Health Care Center follow- 
ing the death of her husband, 
LOWELL, '42, April 6, 2007. 

ROBERT, '45x, and Jeanette 
HARPER live in Maitland, Fla., 
where Robert continues in min- 
istry, speaking at various locations 
when invited. 


retired from teaching but continues 
as a volunteer in the elementary 
school in Green Cove Springs, Fla. 
She helps children with reading 
problems and assists in the library. 


has moved from Knoxville, Tenn., 
to a Christian retirement home at 
Tehlequah, Okla. 

NELL PEARSON, '49, visited 
Austria in August, reconnecting 
with friends she had made during 
41 years of ministry there. A high 
point was meeting a man who led a 
church service, who told her he had 
come to Christ at a children's camp 
she led. 


Class Representatives 
1954: Ginny Seguine Schatz 
1956: Bud Schatz 

GLEN SCHWENK, '50, lives in 
Spring City, Tenn., and is active as 
a "parking lot preacher" at grocery 
stores in Dayton and Spring City. 
He also helps teach his five grand- 
daughters music lessons on the harp, 
guitar, and piano. 

BOB, '56, and Wanda HEARING 
retired in May 2007, from Child 
Evangelism Fellowship and have 
moved from Anderson, Ind., to 
Madison, Ga., where they now 
serve with Source of Light 
Ministries. Bob is providing leader- 
ship to the ministry's discipleship 
schools, which publish correspon- 
dence lessons and work in training 

1970s fc 


Class Representative 
1971: Maye Hayes Jepson 

and discipleship. 
GENE, '74x, and LYNN 
(PUFFER), '73, JORDAN recent- 
ly celebrated 30 years service with 
Mission Aviation Fellowship. Gene 

has served as a pilot and mechanic 
and Lynn as a teacher during those 
years. Since 2000, Gene has served 
as director of personnel for MAF. 
The Jordans live in Nampa, Idaho. 

Dr. DALE, '77, and Opal 
LINEBAUGH live in Mineral 
Point, Wise, where Dale serves as a 
pastor. In August 2007, they 
launched a "Cowboy Country 
Chapel" outreach in a renovated 
barn with more than 60 persons 
present for the first service. During 
the summer they ministered at 
Odosagih Bible Conference in 

Jerry Skifstad, Agnes Lee, 
and Vernon 'Steve' Stevenson 

Machias, N.Y. 

Three Bryan alumni had a reunion 
Aug. 29, 2007, in Wroclaw, Poland. 
JERRY SKIFSTAD, '79, a mis- 
sionary in Poland with SEND 
International; AGNES LEE, '61, 
and her husband, Dr. Robert Lee, 
of Palmer, Alaska; and VERNON 

20 Christ above all 


met while the Lees worked for 3 
1/2 months with SEND 
International in Poland. Steve and 
his wife, Dorris, live in Prague, 
Czech Republic, where he serves as 


Class Representatives 
1980: Tom Branson 
1984: Paulakay Franks 
1985: Steve Stewart 
1986: Gina Lyles Hays 
1987: Laura Kaufmann 
1988: Brett Roes 
1989: Gretchen Mann Sanders 

European director for SEND 

DAVID ERSKINE, '89, head 
men's soccer coach at Hannibal- 
LaGrange College, Hannibal, Mo., 
earned his 100th coaching victory 
this season and the colleges' 100th 
soccer victory. David, in his 10th 
year as head coach, began his career 
at Hannibal-LaGrange in 1998 as 

the school's first head men's and 
women's soccer coach. After lead- 
ing the women's team to a 1999 
NCCAA Regional Championship, 
an NCCAA National tournament 
berth, and receiving American 
Midwest Conference Coach of the 
Year honors David stepped down 
from the women's program follow- 
ing the 2000 season to focus on the 
men's soccer program. He has since 
led the team to six straight post- 
season appearances, accumulating a 
77-35-10 record over that time. He 
received conference Coach of the 
Year honors in 2002 and 2006. 


Class Representative 

1991: Debbie MacNab Gegerson 

David and his wife, Kimberley, and 

their four children live in 



'90, recently moved to Greencastle, 

Ind., with her husband, Bob, and 
two children, Anna Beth and 
Peter. They would like for any 
Bryan alumni in the area to contact 

Marcus Goss 

them if they wish to get together 
and reconnect. Anita's email 
address is 
MARCUS, '92x, and DAWN 
(RAMSEY), '90, GOSS announce 
the birth of their third child, 
Marcus Stefan, Jr., on Aug. 11, 
2007. Marcus joins big sisters 
Peyton, 7, and Aubrey, 5. This 
year also marks the fifth anniversary 
of the founding of their company, 
Goss Foundations, Inc., a concrete- 

Brvan vs Covenant 

Experience the Rivalry 

Alumni Night 

Saturday, Feb. 16th 

7:30 p.m. 

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alumni chapters 

Boston, MA 

Officer: David Starbuck, '03 

Charlotte, NC 

Officer: James Arnette, '90 

Dayton, OH 

Officers: Tim Combs, '90 
Mark Combs, 79 
Jackie Perseghetti, '82 

Dayton, TN 

B e ing o rg an i%e d 

Kansas City, MO 

Officer: Tabitha Moe, '00 



Knoxville, TN 

Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04 

Nashville, TN 

Officers: Mark Robbins, '80 
Mary Pierce Ewing, '75 

Orlando, FL 

Officer: Lewis Alderman, '86 

Philadelphia, PA 

Officer: Abby Miller, '03 

Phoenix, AZ 

B e ing o rg an i%e d 

Richmond, VA 

Officers: John Corcoran, '68 
Barry Gilman, '69 

Washington, DC 

Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03 

Alumni Council: Ginny Schatz, '54, 
Bud Schatz, '56, Faith Heitzer, '69, 
Joe Runyon, '79, Tom Branson, '80, 
Ed Fickley, '89, Barton Stone, '05x. 

Fo r info rm atio n about jour alum n i 
chapter or to help organise a chap- 
ter in your area, contact the Alumni 
Offic e by em ail at alum - or by phone at 423- 

masonry-tilt wall construction com- 
pany that has continued to grow. 
MICHAEL SMITH, '93, starred 
as Prof. Harold Hill in the 
Chattanooga (Tenn.) Theatre 
Centre's production of Meredith 
Willson's "The Music Man" in 
September and October. Michael 
reprised the role he played in 
Bryan's 1992 production of the 


COTHRAN, '95, received her 
Master's degree in elementary edu- 
cation in May, 2007, from Grand 
Canyon University. She teaches 
kindergarten at Normal Park 
Museum Magnet School in 
Chattanooga, Tenn. Her husband, 
Del, works at SunTrust Bank in the 
mortgage department. The 
Cothrans have three children, 
Joshua, 11; Lydia, 7; and Jared, 5. 

Dr. GLYNN STONE, '95, and 

his wife, Angie, and their two sons 
have moved to Longview, Texas, 
where Glynn is senior pastor of 
Mobberly Baptist Church. Their 
sons are Trey, 4, and Luke, 1. The 



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Stone Family 

Stone family had been living in 
Rome, Ga., before the move to 
Texas. DERIC WHATLEY, '95, 

Deric and Tobi Whatley 

and Tobi Elizabeth Wilkes of 
Chattanooga, Tenn., were married 
April 7, 2007, on Lookout 
Mountain. The Whatleys live in 
Tuscaloosa, Ala., where they are 
distributing their evangelistic CD, 
The Wildfire Project, and are col- 
lege/career pastors at Tuscaloosa 
First Assembly. 


introduced her husband, Gary 
Parker, to friends at homecoming in 
October. They live in Lexington, 

CHARLES, '98, 
'97, FOX 

announce the 
finalization of the adoption of their 
daughter, Robyn. Robyn, 3, has 
been in Brooke's and Charles' care 
since she was three days old. Bryan 
Alumnus T.R. BLACK, '99, was 
present at the adoption hearing. The 
Fox family lives in Myrtle Beach, 
S.C., where Charles is pastor of 
media and communications at 
Carolina Forest Community Church 

22 Christ above all 

and Brooke 
is a stay-at- 
home mom, 
and teaches 
Yoga and 
Pilates at 

GONCE, '98, and Charity 
Hargraves were married Oct. 7, 
2006, in Kingsport, Tenn. ELGIN 
GONCE, '02, served his brother as 
best man. JAMES COOPER, '98, 
and JOHN BAILEY, '98, served 
as groomsmen. KATIE BEN- 
NETT, 6 04x, served as a brides- 
maid. Other Bryan alumni in atten- 
dance were AKARI (SAK- 
(GONCE) DORAN, both '00. 
Joel and Charity spent a two week 
honeymoon touring Germany and 
Austria and reside in Gray, Tenn. 


moved from Baltimore, Md., to 
Cincinnati, Ohio, where she works 

2000s •; 

Class Representatives 

2001: Elizabeth Miller 

2002: Jonathan Mobley 

2003: Matt Lowe 

2004: Taylor Smith 

2005: Barton Stone 

2006: Rob Palmer 

as a pediatrics nurse. She plans to 

enter a nurse practitioner program 

IRIS, '00, and Erik MEULMAN- 
GRIFFIOEN announce the birth 
of their third daughter, Eva., on 
Oct. 9, 2007. Eva joins big sisters 
Anna, 3, and Julia, 2. The 
Meulman-Griffioen family lives in 
Meppel, Netherlands. 


ODOR, both '01, continue gradu- 
ate studies at Cincinnati Christian 
University in Ohio. Micah serves as 
a pastor, leading a small group min- 
istry in a local church. The Odors 
have a daugh- 
ter, Jenna, 
almost 1. 

Kate and Aubrey 

MATT and 

both '02, announce the birth of 
their second daughter, Aubrey, on 
Aug. 30, 2007. Aubrey joins big 
sister Kate, 2. The Palmer family 
lives in Oldsmar, Fla. 

DAN, '02, and Anne KING 

Rebekah and Rachel Bass 
announce the birth of their son, 
Hayden Daniel, on May 25. Hayden 
joins big sister Becca. The King 
family lives in Dayton, Tenn. They 
are pursuing plans to join Greater 
Europe Mission's work in Germany. 

SARAH (DRAKE), '03, and Scott 
BASS announce the birth of their 
daughters, Rebekah Lynn and 
Rachel Elizabeth, on Oct. 5, 2007. 
Rebekah weighed 4 lbs, 13 oz., and 
was 16 Va inches long. Rachel 
weighed 5 lbs., 1 oz, and was 17 
inches long. The twins join big sis- 
ter Maggie, 4. The Bass family lives 
in Franklin, 




'04, and Nick Makayla and Lilyan 

SAYNES announce the birth of 

their daughter, Lilyan Pearl, on 

May 23, 2007. Lilyan weighed 6 

lbs., 14 oz., and was 19 inches long. 

The Sayneses also welcomed 

Makayla Audrey Sims, 2, to their 


d Friends 

family this year. They live in 
Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. 
LUCAS GANTZ, '05, and Katie 
Thompson were married in 
October. Bryan alumni at the wed- 
ding included, from left, DAVID 
'06x; friend Jimmy Hoffman; JOSH 
'05x; and Lucas. 

KEDRIC WEBSTER, '03, works 

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Tyler and Darby Jenkins 


House in Orlando, Fla. 
SHERYL, '07, and Mark JENKINS 
announce the birth of their daugh- 
ter, Darby Joy, on Aug. 8, 2007. 
Darby weighed 8 lbs, 11 oz. and was 
19 3/4 inches 
long. She joins 
big brother 
Tyler, 4. The 
Jenkins family 
lives in Dunlap, 

STROHM, '07, 

and Andrew 
Hyer were married May 26, 2007. 
Allison is an assistant editor for 
Strang Communications and Andrew 

Andrew and Allison 

Addyson Falzone 

Anthony and DAYNA (LOVINS) 

FALZONE '07 announce the birth 
of their daughter Addyson Marie on 
June 5, 2007. She weighed 7 lbs and 
was 19 inches long. The Falzones 
live in Dayton, Tenn. 

With the Lord 

is a third-year student at Reformed 
Theological Seminary. The Hyers 
live in Fern Park, Fla. 

'42x, died Aug. 29, 2007, at his 
home in Canton, Ohio. He is sur- 
vived by three daughters. 


died Oct. 26, 2007, at his home in 
Johnson City, Tenn. He is survived 
by his wife, BETTY (HANNA) 
TABER, '51, and five children. 

LAURA SMART, '73, died Feb. 
11, 2007, at her home in Laredo, 

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